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Lerwick Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Lerwick Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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LWK Airport Overview

lerwick airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Lerwick/Tingwall Airport.

What to Expect

Lerwick Airport (code: LWK) has a tiny terminal that offers regional service. Facilities are limited to a single cafe/shop combination. Free WiFi helps pass the time.

Where to Sleep

Spending the night here is not possible due to the airport’s limited operating hours, closing by 8:30PM on weeknights, 4:00PM on Saturdays, and 8:00PM on Sundays. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Lerwick-Tingwall Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Herrislea House Hotel – (4 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged through the hotel.  » Check Rates
  • Valley B&B – (4 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged through the hotel.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotes near Lerwick Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

As of this update we were unable to confirm whether the airport has any first class or business lounges. If you know, please click here to update this airport guide.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Lerwick Airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: unknown.

Children’s Play Area – Yes

Currency Exchange – Yes

Food & Drinks – The airport’s only dining option, Airfarye Cafe, serves light meals and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Caffe Volare closes 15 minutes before the terminal does.

Information Desk – Hours: open according to airport hours (see below)

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Quiet Room – Yes

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Shopping – Newspapers, toiletries, and last minute gifts can be purchased at the Airfarye Cafe.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport terminal is open 6:30AM – 8:30PM (Mon – Fri) • 6:30AM – 4:15PM (Sat) • 10:00AM – 8:00PM.


Lerwick airport is served by the following airlines:  Loganair.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


A regularly scheduled service is available between LWK airport and central Lerwick, the ride journey takes approximately 40 minutes. For fares and schedule information, visit the Zettrans website.

Car Rentals

Star Rent-A-Car is available onsite near the Arrivals baggage carrousels, offering services for Alamo, Europcar and National.


Taxis are readily available outside of the terminal.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.